Nigeria: After the Nigerian army went on a hunt for Islamist militants in the town of Baga last month, army officials said they burned 30 houses, the BBC reported. Community leaders, on the other hand, said the army destroyed 2,000 homes.
2,275 houses were destroyed and 125 severely damaged, according to satellite images Human Rights Watch analysed. The Nigerian military has barred journalists from visiting Baga, Human Rights Watch said.
The US-based group”s analysis is an example of the power of satellite imagery to fact-check claims that might otherwise be difficult to verify. Other organizations have used satellite images, which they can purchase from satellite operators, to track the movement of refugees, bombings and killings in Sudan, and the extent of oil spills.